Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith

March e-newsletter

​A round-up of recent work at Westminster and in the constituency. Sign up here  if you'd like to receive my newsletters in your in-box. Read archived March issue online here .
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No way to run a country, Theresa

Article published in the Edinburgh Evening News, March 15, 2017 Here we are, then, nine months after the Brexit referendum, eight months since Theresa May became Prime Minister, five months since she promised Scotland a hotline on Brexit negotiations, three months since the Scottish Government published a full position paper on Brexit, still having...
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PMQs: Brock questions May on human rights

Below is my question to Prime Minister Theresa May during today's PMQ's (February 1). It refers to Ms May's recent meetings with Donald Trump and then President Erdogan of Turkey whose regime has become increasingly authoritarian since the failed coup attempt last summer. Ms May seems reluctant to challenge or criticise either leader...
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Deidre calls for women over 50 to go for breast cancer screening

Deidre Brock MP has marked World Cancer Day (Thurs Feb 4) by calling on all eligible women to participate in the Scottish Breast Cancer Screening Programme and go for a routine mammogram. All women in Scotland aged 50-70 are invited for a check every 3 years, while women over 70 are encouraged to self-refer to their local centre. Deidre spoke of he...
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The wounds from relentless austerity measures

The Chancellor calls the cuts "difficult decisions" yet he looks like a man who has lost no sleep over them. Deidre Brock MP This is an article I wrote about the impact of austerity measures on provision of social care services. It was published in Politics First magazine, where it's also available online .    &nb...
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Problems at HMRC wont be solved by change in personnel

Commenting on today's announcement that HMRC Chief Executive Lin Homer will step down in April, the SNP's member on the Public Accounts Committee, Deidre Brock MP said:- "Lin Homer has had a long career as a civil servant and I wish her well in her future endeavours." "The deep-rooted problems with HMRC won't be resolved by this change in personnel...
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BROCK CALLS FOR FAIRNESS FOR WOMEN IN PENSION REFORMS

Deidre Brock MP (Edinburgh North and Leith) has called for a fairer deal for women born in the 1950s who have been disproportionately affected by state pension reforms. Ms Brock was speaking in support of the WASPI campaign (women against state pension inequality) during a backbench parliamentary debate on the effect of the equalisation of state pe...
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Local Tax Reform: Brock welcomes move to fairer system

Commenting on the publication of the report by the cross-party Commission on Local Tax Reform, Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock said:- "This detailed piece of work marks the beginning of the end for the discredited council tax. The report seriously considers all alternative options for local taxes - whether based on property, land or incom...
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BROCK CALLS FOR APOLOGY FROM COOPER FOR 'CONDESCENDING' ABORTION COMMENT

Deidre Brock MP has called for an apology from Yvette Cooper for suggesting that Scotland is less well equipped to deal with decisions on sensitive healthcare issues like abortion than Westminster. In a letter to Ms Cooper, Ms Brock challenged her to provide evidence that 'smaller jurisdictions' were more likely to have the interests of women under...
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CALL FOR ACTION TO UNLOCK OFF-PATENT DRUGS

Deidre Brock MP has called for the UK Government to help make cost effective, lifesaving drugs more readily available on the NHS. The Edinburgh North and Leith MP is backing the Off-patent Drugs Bill which would make it easier for older drugs to be licensed and used for a secondary purpose. Ms Brock said:- "Drugs licensing is a reserved issue, but ...
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Wave energy pioneers facing financial challenges

Commenting on the news that the Edinburgh based wave energy developers Aquamarine Power have gone into administration, Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock said:- "I'm saddened by the news that these pioneers of wave energy are facing financial challenges, although relieved that no job losses are being announced. As the constituency MP I will ...
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